November 3rd, Dr. Evert Verhagen (APH researcher at the VUmc Department of Public and Occupational Health) received the ZonMw Pearl for the 'Versterk je enkel' project at the Sport injuries prevention symposium (symposium Sportblessurepreventie) in Amsterdam.

November 3rd, Dr. Evert Verhagen (APH researcher at the VUmc Department of Public and Occupational Health) received the ZonMw Pearl for the 'Versterk je enkel' project at the Sport injuries prevention symposium (symposium Sportblessurepreventie) in Amsterdam.

Lateral ankle ligament injury (an injury to the outer bands) is one of the most common sports injuries in the Netherlands and the risk of repeated injury is high. The 'Strengthen your ankle' project focuses on the prevention of ankle injuries by developing a tool that helps to increase therapy compliance. The project team supervised by Verhagen developed a folding map and a mobile app that described the exercises guided by videos.

The study results showed that both tools increases the therapy compliance. The strategy for further implementation with relevant stakeholders is ready, and will start when the long term results of the tools are available.

The ZonMw Pearl is awarded to inspiring and remarkable ZonMw projects which are in line with the current healthcare developments, have eye-catching results and involve cooperation with different parties. 

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